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[Full-disclosure] [ GLSA 200901-14 ] Scilab: Insecure temporary file usage

From: Pierre-Yves Rofes <py_at_nospam>
Date: Wed Jan 21 2009 - 22:20:53 GMT
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Severity: Normal Title: Scilab: Insecure temporary file usage Date: January 21, 2009 Bugs: #245922 ID: 200901-14
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Synopsis


An insecure temporary file usage has been reported in Scilab, allowing for symlink attacks.

Background


Scilab is a scientific software package for numerical computations.

Affected packages



Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected ------------------------------------------------------------------- 1 sci-mathematics/scilab < 4.1.2-r1 >= 4.1.2-r1

Description


Dmitry E. Oboukhov reported an insecure temporary file usage within the scilink, scidoc and scidem scripts.

Impact


A local attacker could perform symlink attacks to overwrite arbitrary files with the privileges of the user running the application.

Workaround


There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution


All Scilab users should upgrade to the latest version:

 # emerge --sync
 # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=sci-mathematics/scilab-4.1.2-r1"

References


  [ 1 ] CVE-2008-4983
        http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2008-4983

Availability


This GLSA and any updates to it are available for viewing at the Gentoo Security Website:

  http://security.gentoo.org/glsa/glsa-200901-14.xml

Concerns?


Security is a primary focus of Gentoo Linux and ensuring the confidentiality and security of our users machines is of utmost importance to us. Any security concerns should be addressed to security@gentoo.org or alternatively, you may file a bug at http://bugs.gentoo.org.

License


Copyright 2009 Gentoo Foundation, Inc; referenced text belongs to its owner(s).

The contents of this document are licensed under the Creative Commons - Attribution / Share Alike license.

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5



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